Microsoft Management Summit 2012 – Update: Day 3

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Hello from the MMS 2012 in Las Vegas!

There were more exciting announcements from Microsoft at the second MMS keynote presented by Brad Anderson who is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Management and Security division. The second keynote can be viewed on demand [here](

Some interesting notes we took from the second keynote are:

Brad Anderson said Microsoft will be providing “deep integration” with iOS and Android and he even had his Apple iPhone on stage (wow) to demonstrate the deployment of an application via the next version of Windows InTune.

There was a big push on the control and governance of mobile devices. After the keynote we felt that the solutions we provide at TD – Citrix’s Bring-Your-Own Device and Good Technology Enterprise Device Management – are more detailed and comprehensive solutions AND they are available now.

Windows InTune Pre-Release announced. Note that InTune is not a part of the System Center suite.

An updated version of ConfigMgr 2012 released around the timeframe of Windows Server 8 release will include “DeepLink” functionality that hooks into the Windows Store and allows deployment of these applications to Windows 8 devices.


We also attended a very interesting System Center Operations Manager(OpsMgr) conference . OpsMgr 2012 (also known as SCOM) offers comprehensive monitoring of the datacenter for all types of workloads. Here are some key points we took away from Operations Manager gathering at MMS 2012:

Say a fond farewell to the Root Management Server (RMS) in 2012 – Eliminating single point of failure.

High Availability straight out of the box – A great way to easily scale out and perform 24/7 monitoring. (OpsMgr 2007 R2 took eight tedious steps to recover in a DR situation. In OpsMgr 2012 it’s just one: install a new Management Server!)

Monitoring dashboards with new visualisation features using Microsoft SharePoint & Visio.


There are also some big changes in out-of-the-box network monitoring capabilities:

3rd party products to perform network monitoring are no longer required (cool!).

First class out of the box experience to discover your network environment, monitoring and reporting of network devices.

Introduction of the network vicinity dashboard & network node dashboard.

Monitors and reports on switch memory utilisation, traffic volume, port error analysis & port pack analysis.

Application Performance Monitoring – You’ve always been able to monitor the underlying operating system and various Microsoft workloads running on the server, but now you can monitor your .NET and J2E applications running on IIS 2007 (and up) as well. This provides a deeper view of your environment and coupled with Network Monitoring affords true end-to-end service level monitoring across your infrastructure.


More Information:

Talk to your BDM, and our Solution Architect Amit Singh, to see where OpsMgr 2012 can fit in your environment.

Understand the new System Center Licensing model ([More Information can be found here](

Come in to our office and take a look at OpsMgr 2012 in our environment based using Cisco UCS & EMC hardware.


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Jarrod Vassallo, Solution Architect and;

Sam Lewis, Senior Consulting Engineer